The Sliding Scale Price Model
Santosha Space offers its general classes based on a sliding scale of $10-16. No questions are asked. We are aware that $10 may still be too high for some people in certain circumstances; if this is the case for you, please talk to us! We are happy to discuss alternatives that would make yoga accessible to you.
A Commitment to Accessibility
Just as we believe there is a form of yoga for everyone, we believe that yoga should be accessible to everyone. It is not possible for us to teach all forms of yoga, but it is possible for us to be economically accessible. Yoga can be life-transforming work, and if you need it in your life, you shouldn’t be prevented because of your financial situation.
A Commitment to Building a Community of Trust
We will never ask you to justify what you choose to pay. For a sliding scale to work, it relies on principals of honesty, respect for the complexity of various economic situations, and accountability. Community thrives when accountability is a central value, because that is where trust grows and deep work can be done. Teachers deserve to be paid a living wage, and students deserve access to classes which recognizes the complexity of economic access and privilege.
So, How much should I pay?
The normal price ($15-16) reflects the true cost of the class, the price we would charge all students in absence of a sliding scale. Pay at this end of the scale if you have access to financial security or discretionary income – if you don’t have to worry about securing necessities.
The middle price ($13-14) reflects the student’s acknowledgement that the full cost might prevent you from attending. Pay in the middle range if you have steady income but are working towards building savings or moving away from paycheck to paycheck living.
The lowest price ($10-12) reflects the acknowledgement by the student and Santosha Space that some people’s economic circumstances would prevent them from regular participation without a deliberate opportunity being created. Pay in this range if you struggle to maintain access to basic needs such as housing, food, or childcare, if you are in significant debt.
Considerations for Frequency
sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkarasevito drdhabhumih: Practice that is done for a long time, without break and with sincere devotion becomes a firmly rooted, stable, and solid foundation.
If the price range you are in prevents you from taking classes with us as often as you would like, consider paying a little less to attend more often. Your commitment to your journey and this community has appreciable value, and we appreciate that.
*Much of the explanation and content of this page is modified from http://www.wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale, an in-depth article about how the sliding scale can be explained and used successfully.